Meaning of kerosene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɛrəsiːn/

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(also kerosine)
mass nounmainly North American
  • A light fuel oil obtained by distilling petroleum, used especially in jet engines and domestic heating boilers; paraffin oil.

    ‘Do not use kerosene or fuel oil emulsions as they can cause undesirable flavors in fish.’
    • ‘The refinery is the nation's largest producer of gasoline, kerosene and other refined products.’
    • ‘In the land of oil, they have to queue five hours a day to get kerosene or petrol.’
    • ‘One of the coaches was doused with kerosene and petrol and set on fire.’
    • ‘Soldiers check through bags for any banned goods, including diesel, petrol or kerosene.’
    • ‘Higher oil prices have added to the cost of petrol, diesel, kerosene and gas as well as transport.’
    • ‘The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene has gone up four times since February.’
    • ‘Early types of gasoline were produced as a byproduct of the process used to make kerosene fuel for oil lamps.’
    • ‘Sales of petrol, kerosene, gas and other petroleum products were suspended.’
    • ‘People used kerosene for cooking and lighting, which was dangerous because of the thatched roofs.’
    • ‘These herbicides must be applied in an oil-based carrier such as diesel fuel or kerosene.’
    • ‘Many pieces of wood, soaked with kerosene made a splendid fire in the barbecue pit.’
    • ‘Homes in villages are lit with paraffin wicks in tin cans filled with kerosene, a substance that is both dangerous and expensive.’
    • ‘For those people who use kerosene, the fuel price hike will be a heavy burden.’
    • ‘There was wood all around the base and the smell of kerosene was thick in the cold air.’
    • ‘With no duty on kerosene in the north, smugglers are bringing heating oil south by the ton.’
    • ‘There is no duty on kerosene when it is used as heating oil but it can be mixed with diesel to run engines.’
    • ‘To reduce the problem of fuel supply in the cave, they turned to less bulky kerosene.’
    • ‘At one roadside stall, children filled polythene bags with just enough kerosene to keep the family stove burning for one more evening.’
    • ‘Farmers then visit kiosks to purchase spices, kerosene, soap, vegetables or fish, and salt.’


Mid 19th century from Greek kēros ‘wax’ (because the solid form of paraffin is like wax) + -ene.